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alt fnc or post it on my facebook page. until next time i hope you're learning to be more of a healthy you. the fox news alert, a deadly blast of wintery weather is spreading across the country. hello, i'm greg jarrett. welcome to america's news headquarters. we're talking about snow, ice, bone chilling cold now blamed for several deaths, making driving extremely dangerous, forcing flight delays and causing dangerous power outages. let's go to janice dean in the fox extreme weather center. >> hi, greg, much of the country into a deep freeze except our friends in florida where it's 83 in tampa. look at rapid city, minus 8. we're talking about a 90 degree
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spread. 22 in kansas city, 30 in albuquerque. when you factor in the winds, it feels like 11 in kansas city, 13 in dallas. we have another round of ice on the way. i also want to point the attention that we could see record cold as south and west as southern california. fresno, 27 degrees. we could see snow in fresno since 1998. we have one storm that's exiting, a lot of energy with this western system and another ice storm on the way for parts of the south and into the mid-atlantic and even the northeast. we're looking at snow for the sierra nevada and then we could see a few snow flakes in around around l.a. if you can believe it. this energy is going to combine with that very cold arctic air and then another low pressure
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that forms across the south and that's going to give us the potential for the next ice storm sunday into monday as we continue to watch this northeast and the mid-atlantic, a wintery mix but again a lot of warm air overriding shallow cold air and with that the potential of freezing rain. we could see a quarter inch to half an inch of ice on the roadways. by monday it will mainly be rain as all of this warm air pushes northward. that's a quickoxpcç look. there is our 32 degree line and we'll look for icing from the carolinas, d.c., jersey and new york. the time line certainly tomorrow and monday watching this area, the south, the mid-atlantic and the northeast carefully. stay off the roads if you live in these areas. >> if you can do it, absolutely. great advice. j.d., thanks so much.
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defense secretary chuck hagel visiting the persian gulf earlier in the day. he was in bahrain before making a surprise visit to afghanistan where u.s. officials have been demanding hamid karzai sign a new security agreement. >> reporter: before arriving in afghanistan secretary hagel was in bahrain trying to reassure allies in the middle east that the united states is committed to the persian gulf region. secretary hagel said the u.s. is willing to start selling advanced weapons, things like missile defense systems to u.s. allies in the region. the move is seen as a way to counter iran's military ambition. he added that even though the west had agreed to a temporary deal to limit iran's nuclear capability, tehran still poses a significant threat to the middle east and the world. many allies in the region fear the u.s.'s withdrawing from its
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traditional role in the middle east but hagel said after a decade of war the u.s. will not shirk its responsibilities in the middle east. >> we know diplomacy cannot operate in a vacuum. our success will continue to hinge on america's military power, and the credibility of our assurances to our allies. >> following that he met with senior afghan officials in an effort to push karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement which has been agreed upon by president karzai, trying to win more concessions by the united states. once the deal is signed by karzai and everyone believes it will be signed, it's just a matter of when, the pentagon is expected to announce that 10,000
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american troops will remain in afghanistan post 2014 to help train and mentor the afghan security forces. greg? >> live in jerusalem with that court. connor, thanks very much. it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to be with my family now. thank you all for the support we got. very much appreciate it. >> that is u.s. war veteran merrill newman, happily back on american soil after being released finally by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist was detained by the communist country for more than six grueling weeks for his alleged crimes during the korean war 60 years ago. now merrill newman is home for the holidays. we're live in los angeles with more. >> reporter: home in time for the holidays, greg. his family had hoped to be in
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time for thanksgiving but after we saw that video of him confessing to these crimes the koreans accused him after a week ago there was an indication that perhaps they would see him before christmas. that's certainly the result we saw today. scenes of joy in san francisco airport where he landed. he didn't give too much detail of how the koreans treated him. he justt the food had been healthy, no other details forthcoming. perhaps we'll get them later. this is how he described the diplomatic effort that was undertaken to get him released. take a listen, greg. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy and the american embassy in beijing for their help. >> reporter: the family said ever since he was taken off his flight to the united states back in october. no one at the time knew why. apparently he had cross words with officials while he had been on a trip there.
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remember it was 60 years ago that he oversaw a team of south korean guerrillas during the war and that might have been the problem there. his family, breathing a massive sigh of relief. this is how his son jeff described it. >> we also ask that you not forget another american, kenneth bae, who is still being held in the dprk and we hope that he, too, will be allowed to rejoin with his family soon. >> kenneth bae is the christian missionary who was detained in 2012 and sentence today 15 years of hard labor. he has become something of a bargaining chip between the north koreans and the united states. the reason they let merrill newman go was because he was an 85-year-old man with health problems and the north koreans seemed concerned about international condemn nation the
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longer they held him. in the case of kenneth bae, the north koreans are concerned about the spread of christianity in that country. so diplomacy and geo politics a situation with the kenneth bae situation, not so much with merrill newman who is back with his family now. >> domenic, thank you. there is a new study out that shows that america's love affair with cars may be on the skids just a bit. it finds that fewer americans are actually learning to drive, especially young people. brian is live in our new york city news room with more on this. >> reporter: greg, it's true. you fewer young americans are driving. they're working and shopping from home and see driving as an expensive hassle. 30-year-old nick johnson from
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printston, new jersey, last had a car when he was 18, choosing instead to travel by bike. he says commuting is a lot more fun on a bike, environmentally friendly and just practical. >> i don't have to park, pay for car payments, automobile insurance which i hear is expensive in jersey. it's a form of entertainment and exercise. >> reporter: research shows nick is becoming the norm. the number of young people between ages 14 to 34 without drivers licenses has increased from 21% to 26% between 2000 and 2010. during that time driving as a whole has dropped by 23% among 16 to 34 years old while those most likely to buy a car from 2007 to 2011, the age group shifted to 44 to 64.
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some say high student loans and i bad economy are reason. others say this is more than a temporary shift, noting sharp decreases in driving in rural areas and among after fluent young people. >> it used to be a rite of passage to get a driver's license and now it's not uncommon for people to say why bother. >> analysts say medical enyals will eventually buy cars when they have the money and when they do they'll buy smaller cars with info takenment systems and better energy. >> thanks for that story. new concerns that people signing up on the obama care website may not actually have coverage at all next year. the latest snafu for the troubled health care law. >> we're obviously encouraged by the progress that's been made, but there continues to be a lot of work to do. the work is not about somebody i
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spoke to today, a reporter that was sort of asking about corners being turned and things and what that means for the president. it's what it means for the people who are trying to get insurance. [ sniffles, coughs ] shhhh! i have a cold with this annoying runny nose. [ sniffles ] i better take something. [ male announcer ] dayquil cold and flu doesn't treat all that. it doesn't? [ male anner ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast-acting antihistamine. oh, what a relief it is! [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. [ m'm... ] great taste. [ tapping ] sounds good. campbell's healthy request. m'm! m'm! good.®
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thousands of people who signed up for obama care may not actually have coverage at all come january 1st. obama administration officials now admitting the records of roughly a quarter of the people who signed up on the site in october and november may have errors, big time mistakes. this month it could be one in ten. the errors involve electronic forms sent to insurers with people's information and if insurers don't have the right data they cannot complete the enrollment. joining us now to talk about it, susan, congressional correspondent for the washington examiner. good to see you. >> hi. >> for the first two months, one
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in four people who actually managed to sign up for obama care and that's not many, they didn't actually sign up for it. it strikes me as leading to utter chaos come january 1 when people try to go see their doctor and the doctor says, sorry, your insurance company has no record that you exist. >> that's right. there are some important details that came out of a press call from the center for medicare and medicaid late last week. one was -- the two numbers you just talked about, one in four people who signed up in beginning in october, that's still a big number of people that they're going to have to figure out, comb through each of those insurance policies, figure out where the mistakes are. it's going to take a long time. they already talked about it as a herculean effort. the second number is the other figure you mentioned, one in ten who are using the website now and signing up are also being
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documented with errors. so that's going to be an even bigger number because as the obama administration has pointed out, those number of signups has surged. one in ten is going to be a sizable number, thousands of people. why is this important? on january 1st, that's when the law is supposed to take effect, everyone is going to be covered who is signed up through the health care website. >> the other problem is that insurance companies are -- they're not getting paid in many cases because they didn't really create what's known as the cash register, the way for people once they enroll to pay for it. you're n if you don't pay for it you're not enrolled. >> the administration has been focused on the front end problems which is let's get everybody signed up and allow more people to enroll. instead of getting numbers like
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one person in delaware and five people in another state, we want a lot of people signing up. the other side of the website, the back end, has major, major problems like you just mentioned. insurance companies aren't squared away with how they're going to be paid by the government yet for the subsidies so they're going to have to be put on hold. there is a question of whether you're enrolled. you may go to your doctor and find out that he's no longer covered under the plan that you signed up for. you could end up without medical care. these are the back end problems. we learned last month by listening to testimony on capitol hill that a lot of the websites dealing with these back end issues has not been built yet. they're going to have to buckle down. >> they haven't even done as we understand it a run through test of security beginning to end. the list goes on and on. susan, we're out of time but thank you very much. >> thanks a lot. >> president obama shifting the focus of his second term agenda from health care to income
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call, go online, or visit your local store today. the pain started up and wrapped around to the front. i couldn't play my bassoon because of the pressure that i felt throughout my whole head. the blistering and the rash was moving down towards my eye. the doctors at the emergency room recommended that i have it checked out by an eye doctor. there was concern about my eyesight. when i had shingles the music stopped.
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president obama urging congress to raise the minimum wage as a way to combat income inequality in america. he's making it the focus of his second term agenda. take a listen. >> the combined friends of decreasing mobility pose a threat to the american dream, our way of life and what we stand for around the globe. and it is not simply a moral claim i'm making here. there are practical consequences to rising inequality and reduced
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mobility. >> senior economics writer for wall street journal steve moore joins us to break it down. thanks very much. >> hi. >> the divide between the rich and the poor has increased dramatically during president obama's presidency. does that suggest to you that his policies, such as raising taxes on the rich and increasing spending on the poor have contributed to the income divide? >> yeah, it sure does, greg. what's interesting, you just nailed it. if you look at the sideways in america since at least the 1960s, it has always been the case in america and still i believe today that anyone can succeed in this country, and the president was essentially saying if you grow up poor in america today, you can't get rich, which is contrary to what the american dream is all about. and what is interesting about this issue of income disparity is that what happened in the '80s and '90s especially under president reagan, a
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republican, and president clinton, a democrat, we had rising mobility. in the last five, six years we haven't seen that. it is true the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer under this president's policies. >> his latest idea is to raise minimum wage. he claims there's absolutely no evidence that doing so costs jobs. even "the washington post" gave him two pinocchios for that one. doesn't research consistently show employers are force today fire workers when minimum wage is raised dramatically? >> especially if minimum wage is raised dramatically. right now $7.25 an hour minimum wage. some areas talking about 13, 14, $15 an hour. the president is talking about a $10 minimum wage. i believe and i think the evidence is clear on this, some low income people will benefit because they'll get a pay raise,
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but a lot will lose jobs, especially teens and young workers. essentially what you do when you raise minimum wage, you're sawing off the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. people can't get that first job. i don't know about you, greg, my first was minimum wage, $2.65 an hour. you learn a lot on the first job and get a pay raise. one thing we found, two-thirds of minimum wage workers get a raise within a year, so it is just a starter wage, let's not get rid of that starter wage or you're not going to have jobs. >> i got you. was a minimum of bag boy at a grocery store. >> the president ignores family structures and columnist linda chavez wrote about the president's speech. here is what she said. what he should have said is that when 40% of american children are born to single mothers, the
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consequences for society are truly alarming. doesn't that, steve, also cause income inequality? >> the number one factor, unquestionably. it is a tragedy. look, when you have kids growing up in central cities, two-thirds kids are growing up without fathers, greg, and that's a recipe for economic disaster. it is like two strikes against these kids. we ought to do something to improve schools for those kids so they have a chance. what we want is equal opportunity. we don't want equal outcomes. we want a better family structure and better schools. >> we only have a minute left. the other factor the president ignores is income mobility. people move between the brackets, most in the bottom 25% and more get in the top 20% than
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remain in the bottom. >> that's right. what it means is the president is wrong because the american dream is alive and well in america today. >> all right. steve moore, as always, many thanks for being with us. appreciate it. >> that does it for us. stay tuned for john stossel next. thanks for being with us. hope you're having a great weekend so far. [ male announcer ] research suggests cell health
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